A message for all Wealdstone supporters

What are you doing tomorrow?

You know where you should be! 

Away at Cambridge United is where you should be – a huge game. The last 8 of the FA Trophy. This is our ‘cup final’ after all (according to Cambridge fans). Although from what Barrow and Dartford fans have told us this is our third cup final this season. Phew!

Actually it is our Quarter Final (and theirs too). This means win this and we are in a 2 legged semi final. And look at the other 7 teams still in the competition, ourselves and Northwich Victoria from outside the Conference and after Gateshead from the Blue Square Premier the other 5 clubs are all ‘big’ full time ex football league clubs – Cambridge, Luton Town, Grimsby Town, York City and our friends from last year Newport County. Who said these clubs don’t bother with the Trophy?

Of course we’ve got no chance tomorrow have we. In fact the likelihood is this is one step too far and we will get hammered. Won’t we? Well when the game starts it is 11 v 11 and anything is possible.

Gordon Bartlett rightly says we shouldn’t have got past the last 64 by rights, let alone the last 32 and certainly not the last 16. But we have, and what has made is a great difference is the fantastic support and wonderful atmosphere our fans have created. Barrow at home, Dartford away and then the replay on Tuesday are three occasions that will live long in the memories. 

So we need you there tomorrow, getting behind the players and cheering them on. You do make a difference and you know it. 

It’s 27 years since we were last in the quarter finals of the FA Trophy. We won the competition that year. I can still remember that day – one of the greatest for all of us there. Of course we can’t win it this year but we will give it a good go and we need as many supporters as possible to help us and who knows perhaps the dream will still be alive when we wake up on Sunday morning.

To help you here are directions to the stadium.

See you there tomorrow. Up the Stones.

 

Programme editor required

Adam and Minnie Gloor have done a wonderful job on our matchday program for the past few years but due to family issues they will be stepping back from the role in the coming weeks.

This means we have a vacancy for a new programme editor – anyone interested should let either Adam or me know.

We have prided ourselves on having an excellent programme for several years. Adam and Minnie, together with an army of regular helpers, especially Tim Parks, have helped to improve the offering and everyone familiar with reading the programme knows what a great job they’ve done.

Adam is offering to help his successor learn the ropes and so this is a great opportunity for someone to get involved and make their mark on an important facet of the Wealdstone matchday experience.

There will be time to thank Adam and Minnie in due course and let’s enjoy their programmes for the rest of this season but if you’re interested and want to find out more then please step forward.

Ref ref!

Been meaning to post this for a while.

Don’t think it is just me but this season a depressing trend in the Ryman Premier League has been to see the number of players who now shout “ref ref” every time someone is tackled, or who scream as they get tackled or the number of clubs who surround the ref whenever any decision is given against them – and this might just be for a throw in!

Of course we see it in the Premier League and these things trickle down, maybe we’ll soon see Ryman managers waving imaginary cards a la Mancini.

I can only assume that some clubs have taken conscious decisions to put refs under pressure during games. I don’t believe we do it, I don’t want us to do it but are we missing a trick by not doing it?

I always say we watch Ryman football so we get Ryman refs. Putting them under additional pressure seems a cynical tactic to me – do we need to follow suit just to keep up?

W

Feel the pin striking the balloon

I think that’s how it feels today.

In recent years we’ve had the Aylesbury, Rotherham and Barrow games but it’s hard to remember the amount of excitement generated ahead of today’s postponed match at Dartford.

We saw coach bookings reach higher levels than any game of recent years, people booked in for one of Pauline’s excellent breakfasts and expectations of anything between 300-500 fans travelling round the M25. And then the weather intervened. My twitter timeline this morning before 10.00 was more like a constant prayer for a hot micro climate to settle over Princes Park – but mother nature had the last laugh.

I imagine that only a tiny handful of games below the Premier League will survive today so it can hardly be a surprise but nevertheless the sense of disappointment is palpable and in the end today goes down as one of the big disappointments.

Will the game be on this Tuesday with the snow forecast? Maybe.

Whether it is or not, it won’t be the same occasion as it would have been today. But we are still in the competition, we have as much chance of getting something whenever the game is played, we will have players back and we will keep believing.